This week’s photo, taken July 23, 2017 off San Juan Island, WA, features a young ORCA swimming close to its momma.
Last Sunday, we embarked on a half-day whale-watching trip out of Edmonds, WA. We stepped on board the Chilkat Express, the fastest boat in Puget Sound, and sped north to the San Juan Islands, considered the best area in the inland seas of Washington state for spotting ORCAS (aka KILLER WHALES).
Once we arrived on the west side of San Juan Island, we had no difficulty finding Orcas – we simply looked for the gathering of boats. During the next 45 minutes, we forgot about everything else going on in the world, for we were transfixed by 8-10 Orcas, all members of the resident L-pod, as they chased after salmon and interacted with each other. You might already know that an orca is actually not a whale, but the largest member of the dolphin family. No one on our boat seemed concerned about that detail.
I hope you will find it in your heart to forgive me for taking a leave this week from my usual focus on birds. For nearly an hour last Sunday, I didn’t think about birds even once.
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